Recycle Robot Contest

repurposed art Contest

Upcycle design Contest

About the Contest

To celebrate Earth Day, Roosevelt Park Zoo will be hosting a Recycle, Upcycle & Repurpose Contest in the hopes of raising awareness about environmental issues within our community and world. This contest is a fun way for students and families to explore recycling and upcycling methods in a creative way. We are featuring 3 separate contests: Recycle Robot, Repurposed Art & Upcycle Design. Rules, guidelines and instructions are provided below.

Important Dates
  • April 19th project entrees are due to the Roosevelt Park Zoo Visitor Center between 8:30am-4pm.
  • April 22nd People’s Choice judging will take place between 10am-2:30pm inside the Zoo’s Visitor Center. Zoo admission DOES NOT need to be purchased to vote or view project entrees
  • April 22nd Party for the Planet from 10am-3pm on zoo grounds. Winter admission rates will apply or use your zoo membership. See below for details.
  • April 22nd Projects can be picked up after 3pm until 4pm on April 24th
AWARDS
  • First, Second & Third Place prizes will be given in each division of the contest. Divisions include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult division. Winners will be selected by Roosevelt Park Zoo staff using a scoring rubric.
  • People’s Choice Award: Members of our community will be invited to view and vote for their favorite Recycle, Upcycle & Repurpose Contest entree on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd between 10am-3pm inside the Roosevelt Park Zoo Visitor Center. You DO NOT need to pay zoo admission to vote.
GENERAL INFO

Recycle Robot Contest

The contest will consist of the design, build and operation of a robot made from recycled parts that will complete an action, which is chosen and described by the designer of the robot.

The robot must perform an action of some sort, which will be determined by the designer(s) of the robot. What the action is must be specified and described on the entry form.

The action must be performed within a five-minute time frame. Once the action begins, no one can touch the robot until the action is completed.
A video of the robot performing the action must be turned in with the robot. The video can be emailed to nicole@minotparks.com
At least 90% of all parts must be recycled from some previous use. Glue paint, screws, and other fastening devices are not included in the 10% that do not have to be recycled.
A list of all parts must be included with the robot when turned in. The list must identify which parts are NEW.
The robot cannot exceed the size of 4 feet on any dimension.
Teams can complete the robot together.
All work must be done by the team members, and all work must be original (not a copy of someone else’s work, and no work completed by parents, etc.)
The contest will be divided into four age brackets, and the entry must be submitted based on the age or grade of the team members. Age brackets include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult.
All decisions of the judges will be final.
Judging Criteria: Each robot will be judged on the following criteria, with a maximum of 10 points in each category:
• Mechanical Design
• Programming
• Innovation and Creativity
• Effective use of materials
• Usefulness and functionality of the action
• Bonus/Amaze

About the Contest

To celebrate Earth Day, Roosevelt Park Zoo will be hosting a Recycle, Upcycle & Repurpose Contest in the hopes of raising awareness about environmental issues within our community and world. This contest is a fun way for students and families to explore recycling and upcycling methods in a creative way. We are featuring 3 separate contests: Recycle Robot, Repurposed Art & Upcycle Design. Rules, guidelines and instructions are provided below.

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